How to Open External Hard Drive without Formatting Windows 10?

  • External Disk Recovery is a finest tool to open external hard drive without formatting on Windows 10 after "disk is not formatted, do you want to format now" error message
  • It supports recovery of files from external hard drive that is corrupted after malware infection, file system corruption, incomplete or improper format, presence of excessive bad sectors, etc.
  • Compatible with all file systems including RAW, NTFS, nTFS5, FAT16, FAt32, exFAT, HFS, and HFS+
  • Trial version is available for free download that recovers all the files and allows free previewing of the recovered files before activating the license of the software

Most of the times, you may realize that your external hard disk drive is inaccessible on your Windows 10 computer. It can happen due to various known or unknown causes. Due to an external hard drive inaccessibility on Windows 10 system, you are unable to access data saved in it. Once the external hard disk drive is unrecognized, you may think about how to open the external hard drive without formatting Windows 10 system and recover data stored in it. In such situations, you can also take the help of the inbuilt chkdsk utility to access external hard drive data.

If this chkdsk command prompt is unable to repair your inaccessible external hard drive, then you can take the help of External Disk Recovery software and easily get back data from the external hard disk drive without formatting on Windows 10 system very easily. As this easy to use program is highly compatible with Microsoft Windows 10 operating system, so you can take the advantage of it and open the external hard drive without formatting Windows 10 laptops and desktops easily. This recovery utility is specially derived with the help of an advanced scanning algorithm so that you can utilize it to scan the inaccessible external hard drive and restore each bit of info from it easily.

Common factors that could cause inaccessibility of External Hard Drive:

  • Improper handling of the external hard drive can become RAW and show some message like “disk needs to be formatted” when you connect it to your Windows 10 system.
  • If the file system of external drive gets broken due to virus infection or any other reasons then lead to drive inaccessible.
  • When you connect the external drive to your Windows 10 system then it shows 0 bytes error. Due to this data saved on the drive become inaccessible.    
  • External hard drive defragmentation, a large number of bad sectors presents on the external drive, and incorrectly formatting can also cause to external drive unreachably.

In all above-mentioned scenarios, the external drive turns into inaccessible and creates a big trouble for you. So in order to know how to open external hard drive without formatting the Windows 10 and recover data from it, you can utilize the External Disk Recovery program and easily solve such data loss issues. In order to know more about data recovery from a Western Digital hard drive, check this link:

Advanced Features of the External Disk Recovery Application:    

  • By using this hassle-free program, you can recover data from the external hard drive without formatting which can have any file system like FAT 32, NTFS, FAT 16, exFAT and NTFS 5 easily.
  • The Save Recovery Session feature of External Disk Recovery tool allows you to avoid rescanning of the external hard drive by which you can save the time and recover data from the external HD by avoiding drive rescanning process.
  • This tool supports to recover files from the crashed external drive without formatting like audios, images, text files, videos, documents, excel files, programs, and others.
  • It allows you to save recovered external hard drive data in CD/DVD or other storage device in a compressed format easily.
  • External Disk Recovery app works with all the versions of MS Windows system and easily restores data from the external drive without formatting.    

Steps to Open External Hard Drive without Formatting on Windows 10:

Step 1: Connect your external HDD to the system and launch the External Hard Drive Recovery software and select “Recover Drives” option from the main page as shown in Figure 1.

How to Open External Hard Drive without Formatting Windows 10 - Main Page

Figure 1: Main Page

Step 2: On next screen select "Partition Recovery" option and select the external drive from a list of the logical drive and click on Next arrow button as shown in Figure 2.

Restores Data from External Drive without Formatting - Select hard disk

Figure 2: Select External Hard Disk

Step 3: Software will scan all sectors from the external hard disk and recover all data files from it and allows you to see them either by using “File Type View” or "Data View" option as shown in Figure 3.

Back Data From External Hard Disk Drive Without Formatting On Windows 10 - Preview Screen

Figure 3: Preview Screen